The first Duke alumna ever to win an LPGA Tour event claimed her first career victory Sunday, winning a three-hole playoff with Nippon Shaft steel shafts in her irons at the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario.
The seven-year LPGA veteran and former Solheim Cup player was tied with three players at 16-under par at the end of regulation play at the Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. During the playoff, she birdied the 18th hole three consecutive times to dispatch her opponents and claim the trophy.
She has been using the classic Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro 950GH shafts in her irons for her entire professional career and during college at Duke.
“Nippon Shaft is pleased that such a fine player was able to win her first LPGA Tour event using our N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.
“It’s always an honor when such highly skilled players choose Nippon Shaft when careers and tournament outcomes are on the line.”
Nippon Shaft products are available either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.
In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology - Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.
A number of PGA touring pros – including former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members – are playing prototype versions of the MODUS3 shafts in PGA and European PGA tournaments this year. The Tour 120 model weighs between 114 and 126 grams and comes in S, X, and Tour X flex options. An R flex is new this season. Other models still in the testing phase weigh as little as 106 grams and as many as 139 grams – but all meet the requirements of top players.
The N.S. PRO MODUS3 series shafts are growing in popularity with tour pros because they offer optimal performance in the three key areas:
1. Desired trajectory, which comes as a result of the unique shaft structure;
2. Accurate distances, thanks to the shaft’s unique raw steel material and accompanying heat treatment;
3. Tight dispersion, which comes from the exacting tolerances of the highest quality level.
Nippon Shaft made its reputation in the late 1990s by developing the first high quality lightweight steel shaft. The revolutionary N.S. PRO 950GH became the industry’s first sub-100 gram steel shaft, combining the stability and consistency of heavier shafts with extremely light weight. Soon, Nippon Shaft grew to be the No. 1-selling shaft in Asia, controlling 80 percent of the market, and No. 2 worldwide. Along the way, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 100 pro tour victories worldwide and became the dominant shaft on the LPGA Tour.
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.
Nippon Shaft has more than 160 professional victories worldwide. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia, where it controls 80 percent of the golf shaft market.
Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer. Nippon Shaft's North American headquarters is in San Diego.